If you’ve ever spent hours cleaning windows only to be left with smears, you’ll know how frustrating it can be. But if you use the right tools, you can get sparkling glass in a fraction of the time.
One of the most effective tools is the humble squeegee! But before you go out and buy one, make sure you’re choosing something that will work for you. Our guide to the best window squeegees out there will reveal their pros and cons. And we’ll identify the questions to ask yourself before you choose.
Desired Tools’ squeegee is 7.7 inches wide. It uses a silicone blade and is suitable for cleaning water from windows, shower stalls and car windows.
The blades are dual-edged and the silicone construction means they’re tough and long lasting. They’re designed to keep going for at least twice as long as standard squeegees.
The pack includes two spare blades, giving you three in total. Changing them is very straightforward. Invest in this product and you can expect it to outlast six ordinary squeegees.
The silicone is flexible too. You won’t need to press down hard to remove the water. And it won’t emit high-pitched shrieks as you use it! If you prefer a more peaceful window cleaning experience, it’s a good option.
One thing to watch out for is that the blade has a tendency to slide during use. You may find that you need to pause periodically to re-center it.
The blade and handle together are ten inches long. The shorter handle means it’s easy to control. It won’t, though, be the right choice if you have tall windows to clean.
The handle is covered in a soft foam sheath so it won’t cut into your hands as you work. It also means it won’t slip from your grip when it gets wet. And if you prefer to use it without the foam, you can remove it.
There’s also a hanging hook at the end, so you can store it easily.
All in all, this is a high quality but inexpensive squeegee, perfect for smaller windows.
HIWARE’s squeegee is as effective on shower stalls and car glass as it is on windows. And it comes in a choice of three different blade widths: 10, 12 or 14 inches.
The blade in this case is made of rubber. It has a smooth consistency and won’t leave streaks as you clean. And it won’t make loud squeaks either.
The rest of the squeegee is made from smart and strong 18/8 stainless steel. If you’re looking for something that will look good if left on display, this one is well worth considering.
The stainless steel means you won’t have to worry about rust. And there’s no chance of it absorbing odors, or growing mold if it’s left damp. It can, though, get a little slippery when it’s wet.
The handle is gently curved, so there are no sharp edges to hurt your hands. The design also makes it easy to position the blade at just the right angle to clean your window.
The handle isn’t particularly long, though. The whole thing measures just 6.5 inches. So while that does make it easy to maneuver, it won’t reach far. If you have larger hands, you may prefer something with a longer handle. And if you have taller windows, there are better options out there.
There’s a hole in the bottom of the handle, so if you want to, you can add a cord for hanging. But most people will prefer to use the smart stainless steel hanging hook instead. This is attached to your wall with self-adhesive strips, and acts as a cradle for the squeegee.
When it comes to household brands, Addis is one of the better known. Their squeegee is deigned to be used on either windows or shower stalls.
The dark gray rubber blade is about 9.5 inches wide and it’s attached to a gray rubberized handle. The whole thing is around 10.5 inches long.
The handle is designed to be comfortable to hold, with a cushioned grip. The textured finish also means that it won’t slip out of your hands when it gets wet. And unlike foam, it won’t absorb water and become heavier during use.
There’s a slight curve to the head and handle, which makes it easy to use. The rubber is flexible enough to catch every droplet of water. And it won’t squeak when you drag it over the glass.
There’s a hole at the bottom of the handle for hanging. You can slip a cord through it, or it’s large enough to fit over most hanging hooks. And despite being an inexpensive cleaning tool, it comes with a two-year warranty.
This is another squeegee that’s straddling the border between window and shower use. If your windows are small and you don’t need to reach up high, this could be a good option.
But if you have taller windows, you’ll need to get out a ladder with this one. Look for something that can be attached to a longer pole instead. You’ll find you complete your cleaning much more quickly.
If you’re in the market for something that can be used with extension poles, check out Sorbo’s professional window squeegee.
The head here is a full two feet long, so if you have large windows it will be a godsend. They’ll be clean in half the time you’d spend using some of the smaller squeegees on our list. If, on the other hand, your windows are smaller or divided into multiple smaller panes, choose a different option.
The blade is both light and rigid, and it will mop up every droplet of water in its path. And it will do that without any risk of scratching the glass.
It has a black fast-release handle to make it easy to use. It’s designed to sit on the end of an extension pole, and you’ll need to buy that separately. Note that this is only guaranteed to be compatible with poles from the same manufacturer.
There’s even an outlet for a safety line on the top of the squeegee. So if you’re planning to abseil down your windows, you can do so in relative safety! Although personally, if you have windows that require abseiling to clean them, we’d recommend getting in the professionals!
All in all, this is a squeegee for those who take their window cleaning very seriously. It’s one of the more expensive ones out there, but it’s top quality. And its generous dimensions will make short work of large windows.
With this set from OXO, you’ll get not one but two matching squeegees. The heads are white and the handles dark grey, giving a classic minimalist appearance.
The windscreen wiper style blades slide smoothly over the glass, flexing so they’re at the right angle as you clean. They’re made of silicone, so they’ll last longer than softer rubber options. And they’ll provide a sharp edge that will remove water without leaving behind streaks or scratching your window.
The handle is gently curved, so it’s comfortable and easy to hold. And the firm grip means you won’t have to worry about it slipping from your fingers when it gets wet.
The handle finishes in a hook for easy storage. The hook rotates too, making it easy to fit your squeegee into the tightest space. Be aware, though, that the hook section is made separately and attached to the handle. We have heard of the occasional issue with it coming off.
The blade here is 9.5 inches wide, so it’s not the largest out there. The handle is also quite short – just long enough to be held comfortably. If you need something to clean large or tall windows, there are better options out there.
But if you’re looking for a squeegee that’s effective and easy to control, this is a great buy. It’s small enough to get into tight spots. And you’ll get a spare into the bargain too.
Unger’s professional squeegee offers a blade width of 18 inches, making it a good option for larger windows.
It can be used either hand-held or attached to an extension pole. You’ll need to buy the pole separately, but if you need to reach up high, it will be an excellent investment. Make sure you get it from the same brand so you can be confident it will fit.
The blade is made of rubber and is held in a stainless steel head. The choice of materials means you won’t have to worry about rust or mold forming on the head. And it’s great at mopping up water without leaving behind streaks.
Just make sure that the blade is inserted evenly. We’ve heard of some cases where it’s arrived and hasn’t been even. If that’s the case, you’ll find the rubber doesn’t sit flat against the glass and will leave behind water droplets.
If you experience that, unscrew the blade from the holder, even it up, then retighten the screws. Your squeegee should then work perfectly.
The handle is plastic and fairly short. If you’re using it without an extension pole, it’s fair to say that there are more comfortable options out there. It does, though, have a textured finish so it won’t slip out of your hands when it’s wet. It’s nice and lightweight too.
And for a professional squeegee, this is very well priced. Just remember to factor in the cost of extension poles if you need to reach up high.
Ettore’s squeegee is made of solid brass, so it’s very resilient. It’s solidly built and won’t rust. You can buy it individually or in a pack of two or four.
It’s 12 inches wide, offering a good compromise between ease of use and fast cleaning. The blade in this case is made of rubber. It’s professional grade and can be replaced when it’s past its best.
When you’re ready to do that, pull out one end of the blade. You’ll see a small brass clip, which you’ll need to remove. Then take the other end of the rubber blade and slide the whole thing out.
It’s very easy to do, but don’t expect it to be a frequent task. The blades will last for many months, even with regular use.
This squeegee is designed to fit REA-CH extension poles. If you’ve got tall windows, this is an option that’s well worth looking at. If you’re using it without a pole, though, the brass handle isn’t the most comfortable out there. There’s no cushioning, and it will get slippery when it’s wet.
But where this squeegee really shines – if you’ll pardon the pun – is with the finish. Your glass will be completely streak free and sparkling clean.
And despite the quality of the materials and professional credentials, this is a surprisingly cost-effective option. Yes, you’ll need to buy extension poles if you want a decent reach. But on its own, it’s actually less expensive than some plastic options out there.
The second squeegee from Unger to make our list, this one offers a choice of 12, 14 or 18-inch blades. It’s styled in black and gray and has a professional look.
The ergonomic handle is cushioned, making it comfortable to hold. And the rubberized surface won’t get slippery if it gets wet.
The head of the squeegee is secured in place with a screw that allows it to swivel. That makes it much easier to get into awkward angles. One negative, though, is that we’ve heard some complaints about the head wobbling during use.
The frame is made from aluminum, so it’s lightweight and won’t bend or rust.
The rubber squeegee blade is great at mopping up water and leaving your windows sparkling. It’s held in place with Unger’s own design “Smartclips”. These eliminate the need for separate end clips.
At five inches, the handle isn’t the longest out there. But it does make it easy to control the position of the head. And if you need a longer reach, it’s compatible with the Unger Locking Cone or another pole with a tapered tip.
There’s a hole at the end of the handle, so you can thread through a hanging cord. It’s not that big, though, so you may not be able to fit it over a hook without a cord.
This is a fairly pricey squeegee, but it’s one that’s used by many professional cleaning companies. If you’re looking for something that will last for years, it’s well worth considering.
If you’re looking for a smaller squeegee, this one from Ehdis could be the right choice. The blade here is 11.5 inches long. From the tip of the blade to the end of the handle is a little under 7 inches.
The blade is a solid, wide piece of silicone. It’s available in a choice of two bright colors, either blue or red. The silicone is medical grade so it’s very durable. And it won’t leave scratches on your windows.
It’s also very flexible, so it will follow the surface of your glass whatever angle you drag it in. That makes it very efficient at mopping up water, removing over 95 per cent from surfaces.
The handle is angled away from the blade, making it easy and comfortable to use. It’s cylindrical, so there are no sharp edges to dig into your hands. And it’s textured, so it’s easy to hold onto even when it’s wet.
The main thing to bear in mind with this one is that it’s small. If you have small panes of glass to clean, it’s ideal. And it’s flexible enough to be used on your shower stall or car windows too.
But if you want to clean large sheets of glass, it will take a long time. And it’s not designed to be used with extension poles. If you need to reach up high, choose a different option.
Ettore’s six-inch squeegee is perfect for anyone looking for a small, simple tool. And it’s the cheapest squeegee on our list, costing less than a cup of coffee. You can choose between a single squeegee or a pack of two.
The body is made of clear acrylic and the design is very simple. The blade and handle are in a straight line – there’s no angle to make cleaning easier. But this is the kind of squeegee that’s suited to small, quick jobs. If you’re just cleaning your car windows, it will do the job just fine.
It works best if you don’t apply too much pressure. Light strokes will clean up the water without squeaks or scratches.
You won’t be able to replace the blade – when it’s past its best you’ll need to replace the whole thing. At this price, the cost won’t be a hardship. But it won’t be the best option if you’re trying to cut down on your use of plastic.
There’s a generous hole cut into the end of the handle. You can use it for a hanging cord, or it’s big enough to fit directly over a hook.
This is another squeegee that’s lightweight, easy to control and good at getting into smaller spaces. But don’t choose it if you have large windows to clean. It will take you forever. And you won’t be able to connect it to any extension poles to clean high up.
That brings us to the end of our low-down of ten of the best squeegees out there right now. But if you’re still not sure which one is right for you, read on! We’ll take you through some questions to help you identify the features to look for in your perfect squeegee.
What size blade do you need?
The blade is the bit of the squeegee that does all the work. It’s usually made of rubber or silicone, and it pushes the water in front of it.
The width of the blade will determine how much glass it will clean in a single pass. The wider the blade, the quicker it will be to clean large windows. If that’s what you have in your home, look for a blade that’s 18 or even 24 inches wide.
But that doesn’t necessarily mean that bigger is better. If you need to clean smaller panes of glass, a large blade will be awkward. You’ll find yourself bumping up against the frame and missing parts of the glass.
And squeegees with smaller blades will be more versatile too. Six-inch versions are great for cleaning smaller shower stalls, car windows, or even around the sink.
How tall are your windows?
Next, consider the height of your windows. Can you reach the top easily? Or would you need a ladder?
If your windows are at a comfortable height, a squeegee with a short handle will work well. You’ll be able to control the head easily. And you won’t have any long poles to store.
But if cleaning the top of your windows means getting out a ladder, save yourself the hassle. A squeegee that can be attached to an extension pole will make your life much easier. Some telescopic poles are even tall enough to reach upstairs windows.
Just make sure your squeegee and pole are compatible. Buying them from the same manufacturer is the safest bet.
How durable do you need your squeegee to be?
Squeegees vary considerably in their strength and durability.
Some are designed to last for a relatively short time before being thrown away. They’re usually made of plastic and are inexpensive. But unless they can be recycled – and those with rubberized components can’t be – you’ll be adding to plastic waste.
Others are made of sturdier stuff. Our list includes options made of aluminum, stainless steel and brass. And because you can replace the blades, they’ll last for years. They may cost a little more at the outset, but they’ll pay for themselves over time.
Time for sparkling windows
That brings us to the end of our reviews of some of the best window squeegees available today. We hope you’re now several steps closer to sparkling windows!
Our top pick is the Hiware all-purpose squeegee. We love its smart stainless steel construction. And it’s versatile enough to work equally well on windows, shower stalls or car glass.
Whichever one you choose, the right squeegee will make cleaning your windows almost effortless. Happy shopping!